The Obama administration - I have NO DOUBT - has quietly orchestrated these 'affronts' in order to put a little space between the cozy Israeli/U.S. relationship. This is very troubling. In the past, settlement construction has always been a negotiating point between Israel and the Palestinians. The Obama administration though has taken up the position that this is something that is a pre-condition, and by adopting this stance has basically reduced Israeli leverage in negotiations, as well as cooled off talks as now the Palestinians can simply wait aside while the U.S. undermines Israel. This is calculating, and a terrible blow to Israeli relations with the U.S. I APPLAUD Netanyahu for not caving in to this orchestrated sham. I count the days until 2012 and Obama is voted out, he has been a total and absolute failure as president, someone who has sunk to even Jimmy Carter-like lows...
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from the article: Netanyahu: Probe events that led to row with U.S. over East Jerusalem